Capt. John Dougherty, formerly class desk officer for the U.S. Navy‘s unmanned carrier aviation program office, has taken a new role as manager of the service branch’s precision strike weapons program office.
The Navy said Thursday that Dougherty will oversee 30 programs that cost more than $4.7 billion combined, including the Naval Air Systems Command’s foreign military sales portfolio.
He succeeded Capt. Jaime Engdahl, who will retire in July after a 27-year military career.
The service branch previously assigned Dougherty to various roles at NAVAIR such as airborne and rockets pyrotechnics integrated product team lead for the direct and time sensitive strike weapons program office; deputy director of development for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office; and weapon systems integration and radar integrated product team lead for F/A-18 & EA-18G program office.
Dougherty also supported combat strike missions during Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom as a pilot for Strike Fighter Squadron 125.
He has recorded more than 1,200 hours and 300 carrier landings as an F/A-18 command pilot.